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mad men, mad food.

I’ll admit it:  I absolutely love NPR’s “The Salt” blog.  (Are you listening, Salt team?!)  And while I failed to completely surrender to the hype surrounding AMC’s smashingly successful series Mad Men, I’ll admit I do love the show’s so-true-to-period dress, set design, and yes, food.

That’s why NPR hit the proverbial nail on the head with today’s piece The Mad World Of ‘Mad Men’ Food, which takes a quick look at a recently-released (and  “unofficial”) cookbook patterned after some of the series’ most memorable meals (French toast with rum syrup, anyone?).  Head on over to The Salt for more details.


rainy day blues.

so beautiful:  Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah – YouTube.

wednesday workout: tunes to move you.

In honor of my beautiful friend Chona, who’s running the LA Marathon on March 18th, here’s an extended playlist to motivate your Wednesday sweat.  Enjoy!


1.  I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor:  Arctic Monkeys

2.  Timebomb:  Beck

3.  Goodbye Sky Harbor:  Jimmy Eat World

4.  Read My Mind (Pet Shop Boys Remix):  The Killers

5.  Supermassive Black Hole:  Muse

6.  I’ll Fly With You (L’Amout Toujours):  Gigi D’Agostino

7.  Such Great Heights:  The Postal Service

8.  Salute Your Solution:  The Raconteurs

9.  Strange Times:  The Black Keys

10.  Electric Feel (Justice Remix):  MGMT

11.  Time Won’t Let Me Go (Ultradonkey Remix):  The Bravery

12.  Percussion Gun:  White Rabbits

13.  She Wants to Move:  N.E.R.D.

14.  Heads Will Roll:  Yeah Yeah Yeahs

15.  Treat Me Like Your Mother: The Dead Weather

16.  Gold Guns Girls:  Metric

17.  Stereo Love:  Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina

18.  Are You Gonna Go My Way:  Lenny Kravitz

19.  Under Cover of Darkness:  The Strokes

20.  That Thing:  Lauryn Hill

21.  Make Some Noise:  Beastie Boys

22.  Otis:  Jay-Z and Kanye West

23.  Audience:  Cold War Kids



24.  You are a Tourist:  Death Cab for Cutie

25.  She’s So Scandalous:  Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears

26.  Just Breathe:  Pearl Jam

27.  Trouble:  Ray LaMontagne

Farewell, Peyton.

Report: Peyton Manning to be released by Colts on Wednesday | The Indianapolis Star |

The Hoosier in me mourns.

Legislation to Watch: AB 1616 and the Cottage Food Industry

Los Angeles-area assemblyman Mike Gatto has introduced a bill aimed at allowing so-called “cottage food operations” to thrive throughout California without being subject to the extensive (and costly) red tape imposed on commercial food facilities.  If enacted, Assembly Bill 1616 would create a legislative carve-out for cottage food operations, which would be limited to selling “non-potentially hazardous foods” unlikely to grow harmful bacteria at room temperature.  (Think baked goods, granolas, nuts, and so forth.)  From a practical standpoint, according to Assemblyman Gatto, the bill — dubbed the California Homemade Food Act — would keep startup costs low for these types of small businesses by allowing them to operate from home kitchens.

The requirements?  Cottage food producers would need to register with their local county health department (but would not be subject to the same stringent food inspections required of commercial kitchens).  The producers would also be required to adhere to the California Health & Safety Code’s sanitary processes, and all food products would be required to bear labels listing the name of the product, ingredients, a list of allergens, the product’s net weight, and the location of production.  Producers could sell their wares directly to consumers, by mail, or online.

According to the Sustainable Economies Law Center in Oakland, Calif., susn

Cottage Food Laws, sometimes referred to as Baker’s Bills, are laws that allow people to make certain foods in their own home kitchen and then sell them on a small scale, typically directly to consumers and at farmer’s markets. Cottage Food Laws allow individuals who are interested in starting their own food business get started developing a customer base and raising some of the money required to further develop their business. Removing the significant financial and logistical barrier of having a commercial kitchen makes starting one’s own food business more accessible and more feasible for a greater number of people. It also gives consumers more access to a greater variety of home-cooked, artisan and other unique foods at their farmers’ market or right in their neighborhood.

(via Sustainable Economies Law Center).

And as the text of the bill itself allows, “[S]mall businesses have played an important role in helping slow economies recover and prosper as an engine of job creation. During the 1990s, small businesses created the majority of new jobs and now account for 65 percent of United States employment.”  The bill goes on to note that California’s growing obesity rate parallels that of the United States as a whole; indeed, two-thirds of American adults and one-third of children and teenagers are either overweight or obese.  (According to Assemblyman Gatto, one in nine California children and one in three teens are already overweight.)  The remedy, according to the good assemblyman?  Consumption of “healthy, fresh foods.”

Unfortunately, the obesity epidemic is particularly rampant in low-income and/or rural communities throughout the Golden State, which face a very real shortage of healthy, locally grown products.  Enter the cottage food industry (also sometimes referred to as artisanal or slow food), which seeks to connect these underserved populations with local, sustainable small businesses.  (I think Assemblyman Gatto needs to have an old-fashioned heart-to-heart with Assemblyman Monning about his ill-advised food truck legislation.)  In other words, legislation like this ultimately stimulates small-scale production of locally-produced foods, resulting in a smaller carbon footprint (and that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when, you know, you look into the eyes of the person who made your honey or jam and thank them for putting so much TLC into what you’re about to consume).

I’m going to read through the entire text of the bill tonight — yes, all nineteen pages of it — but I’d welcome any thoughts or input you might have, dear reader.  And do you know of a cottage food producer who has an opinion on this subject?  By all means, send them my way.


stop haunting me, you!

I can’t get this song out of my head.  And no, it’s not because of Glee — I have San Diego’s 91X to thank for that.  (Have I mentioned how much I love my city’s radio offerings?  Swoon.)

yes! more of this: fun’s some nights intro

“tea parties and twitter / i’ve never been so bitter.”

LOVE these guys.